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April 1, 1999

Jose R. Argueta, a retired musician and teacher, died Wednesday at Physicians Hospital. He was 97. Mr. Argueta was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, and lived in New Orleans for the past 36 years. He was a former music professor in Guatemala. Survivors include his wife, Maria Gonzalez Argueta; three daughters, Brenda Ergenbright of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Juanita Villagran of Guatemala and Glenda Ballatin; and four grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 3 p.m. at Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home, 4127 S. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Dorothy Stearns Armington, a homemaker, died March 18 of a stroke in Des Moines, Iowa. She was 92. Mrs. Armington was born in Webster City, Iowa, and lived in New Orleans for 42 years and in Des Moines for the past three years. Survivors include three sons, David Lee, Thomas Kenneth and William Edward Armington; a daughter, Frances G. Yeakey; a sister, Frances Stearns Fox; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. A graveside service was held at Resthaven Cemetery in Des Moines. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 4523 Read Blvd.

Alicia O. Becker, a homemaker, died Tuesday of heart failure in Memphis, Tenn. She was 88. Mrs. Becker was born in Madrid, Spain, and lived in Gretna for 50 years and in Memphis for the past six months. Survivors include her husband, Eugene Becker; two sons, Jamie Pertuz of New Orleans and Michael Becker; a brother, Salvador Lopez of Los Angeles; a sister, Lucrecia Barrios of Los Angeles; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. A graveside service was held Thursday at Memphis Memory Gardens. Family Funeral Care in Memphis handled arrangements.

Eva Mae Brody, a homemaker, died Monday at her home. She was 76. Mrs. Brody was born in Bay St. Louis, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for many years. Survivors include a son, Kevin Brody, and a sister, Louise Govan. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Catherine M. Catchings, a homemaker, died March 25 of undetermined causes at her home. She was 64. Mrs. Catchings was born in Goodman, Miss., and lived in New Orleans. Survivors include a daughter, Shawan Catchings Trotter; her father, Hurvy Catchings Sr.; two brothers, Maxie and Howard Catchings, both of Los Angeles; six sisters, Lorraine Catchings, Delphine Mack and Norma McFadden, all of Los Angeles, and Fannie Banks, Mildred Rockett and Georgia McMorris; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 2035 Forstall St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery No.1. Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Fayetta Marie "Poochie" Cockerham, a former presser for Imperial and X-Ray Cleaners, died Sunday of heart failure at Charity Hospital. She was 39. Ms. Cockerham was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from Walter L. Cohen High School. Survivors include her husband, William H. Cockerham Sr.; her companion, Odell Wilson; a son, William Cockerham Jr.; two daughters, Trinette and Natasha Cockerham; her father, Fay New; her mother, Louise New; two brothers, Ronald and Donald New; two sisters, Robin and Charlette New; and her grandmother, Elizabeth Tyler. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Estelle J. Wilson Mortuary, 2715 Danneel St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

The Rev. Willie Freeman Sr., a minister and retired deliveryman for Radiofone, died Saturday of respiratory failure at Tulane University Medical Center. He was 66. The Rev. Freeman was born in Amite and lived in Avondale for the past 30 years. He was the pastor of Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church. He worked for Radiofone for 23 years. Survivors include his wife, Rose Mary Sims Freeman; two sons, Willie Freeman Jr. and Clarence Smith; two daughters, Jacqueline Hurst and Carolyn Barker; a sister, Viola Smith; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A wake and funeral will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 3029 S. Saratoga St. Dismissal will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Restlawn Park. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Olivia Gustave, a homemaker, died Monday at her home. She was 91. Mrs. Gustave was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include a daughter, Henrietta Manuel; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Cooper-Glapion Funeral Home, 2201 Caffin Ave. Visitation will begin Friday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Gwendolyn Goodwill Harvey, a retired licensed practical nurse, died March 24 of undetermined causes at West Jefferson Medical Center. She was 67. Mrs. Harvey was born in DeRidder and lived in New Orleans for the past 47 years. Survivors include her husband, Jeff J. Harvey; a son, Kenneth Ray Harvey Sr.; two daughters, Darlean Spikes George and Rosalind Harvey Randall; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A funeral was held Monday at Boynton United Methodist Church in Gretna. Burial was in Restlawn Park. Davis Mortuary handled arrangements.

Tiffany Nicole Holmes, a homemaker, died Monday of complications from a seizure at her home. She was 24. Ms. Holmes was born in Fayetteville, N.C., and lived in Harvey for 10 years before returning to Fayetteville. Survivors include a daughter, Monica Renee Holmes; her father, Joseph Nsiah; her mother, Sarah Nsiah; a brother, Twumasi Nsiah; a sister, Ernestina Nsiah; and her grandmother, Sarah Holmes. A funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville. Burial will be in Cross Creek Cemetery No.4 in Fayetteville. Wiseman Funeral Home in Fayetteville is in charge of arrangements.

Muriel Genevieve Hubert, a retired administrative assistant at Charity Hospital, died Sunday at East Jefferson General Hospital. She was 91. Ms. Hubert was born in Des Allemands and lived in New Orleans for many years and in Metairie for the past 20 years. She graduated from Newcomb College. She was a member of the American Red Cross during World War II. She is survived by a niece. A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

Olivia Taylor Matthews, a homemaker, died March 25 at Memorial Medical Center. She was 88. Mrs. Matthews was born in Sunshine and lived in New Orleans for more than 50 years. She was a member of Second Mount Carmel Baptist Church. Survivors include two stepsons, Kenneth Washington Jr. and Walter "Pee Wee" Lee IV; two foster sons, Eldridge Simmons Matthews and Myron Washington; 13 stepdaughters, Dorothy Mae, Yolonda, Shelita and Carla Simmons, Wanda, Zena, LaJuan and Cassandra Washington, Cynthia, Keita and Tayari Gant, Sabrina James and Lynda Shepard Dunn; and 21 grandchildren. A funeral was held Wednesday at Second Mount Carmel Baptist Church. Dismissal will be today at 10 a.m. at the church, 2601 Dryades St. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Dorothy Lawless Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel Hymel Pablo, a homemaker, died Monday of cancer at her home. She was 85. Mrs. Pablo was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include her husband, Isadore Pablo; six daughters, Helene P. Benjamin, Veronica P. Broyard, Carolyn P. Coulon, Mary P. Woodfork, Norris P. Cousin and Hedy P. McKendell; 19 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Monday at 11:30 a.m. at Epiphany Catholic Church, 1949 Duels St. Visitation will begin Monday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Annie Mae Hookfin Price, a retired nursing assistant at New Orleans Home and Rehabilitation Center, died Monday of heart failure at Meadowcrest Hospital. She was 76. Mrs. Price was born in Greensburgh, Miss., and lived in New Orleans for the past 56 years. She graduated from Greensburgh High School and Sidney N. Collier Vocational-Technical College. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. Survivors include a son, Leo Price; five daughters, Patricia Green of Baton Rouge, Glenda Maxwell of Westwego, Gaynetta Miller of Harvey, Betty Francis and Brenda Vincent; a sister, Sadie Hookfin; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. A wake will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at Majestic Mortuary, 1833 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Dismissal will be Saturday at 9 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Holt Cemetery.

Ralph "Rip" Saucier, a retired maintenance worker for Greyhound Bus Lines in New Orleans, died Wednesday at Ocean Springs Hospital in Ocean Springs, Miss. He was 84. Mr. Saucier was born in Hancock County, Miss., and lived in New Orleans and Arabi before moving to Gautier, Miss., 16 years ago. He attended Sellers High School in Hancock County, where he was an All-State basketball player. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7194 in Arabi and First Baptist Church of Gautier. Survivors include his wife, Bea Shaw Saucier; a daughter, Gaye Saucier Farris of Carencro; two brothers, Fred Saucier of Arabi and Archie Saucier of Metairie; and two grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Home in Gautier. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be Friday at 2 p.m. in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens.

Curtis Shelby, a drywall finisher and truck driver, died Sunday of complications from lupus at University Hospital. He was 45. Mr. Shelby was born in New Orleans and lived in Harvey for the past 20 years. He attended Booker T. Washington High School. Survivors include his wife, Annette Bazley Shelby; two daughters, Precious Dent and Charminetta Alexander; his mother, Helen McClain Shelby; three brothers, Alvin, Bernell and Jerome Shelby; and three sisters, Sharice Joseph and Sylvia and Joylynn Shelby. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Davis Mortuary, 6820 West Bank Expressway, Marrero. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Restlawn Park.

Carmel Blanchard Somerhalder, a homemaker, died Wednesday at NorthShore Regional Medical Center in Slidell. She was 92. Mrs. Somerhalder was born in Plattenville and lived in Lacombe for the past 52 years. Survivors include three sons, J. Henry, J. Michael and Robert Somerhalder Jr.; a daughter, Nancy Somerhalder; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Friday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 28088 Main St., Lacombe. Visitation will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Schoen Funeral Home, 3808 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell.

Estelle T. Willard, a homemaker, died Tuesday of cancer at Slidell Memorial Hospital. She was 76. Mrs. Willard was born in New Orleans and lived in Slidell for the past 23 years. Survivors include her husband, Ralph W. Willard; two daughters, Lynn Esther Willard Nunez and Angie Evie Willard Gary Messina; a brother, Raymond Charles Breland; three sisters, Bertha L. Breland Carroll, Lilly Mae Breland Averett and Anna Jean Breland Howze; and three grandchildren. A funeral will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell. Visitation will be today from 7 to 10 p.m. and Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Louise McCarty Youngblood, a homemaker, died Monday of congestive heart failure at Chalmette Medical Center. She was 73. Mrs. Youngblood was born in Whistler, Ala., and lived in Chalmette for the past 35 years. She was a member and past worthy matron of Bowen Lodge of the Order of the Eastern Star of Alabama, and a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Survivors include a son, John H. Youngblood Jr.; two daughters, Mary Louise Youngblood and Frances Youngblood Bayham; two sisters, Ida Margaret Blackman and Eunice M. Lee; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 2 p.m. at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home, 701 W. Virtue St., Chalmette. Visitation will begin at noon. Burial will be in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens.

April 2, 1999

Martha C. Batiste, a retired licensed practical nurse, died Monday of complications from a stroke at Memorial Medical Center. She was 84. Ms. Batiste was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from McDonogh No.35 High School and Cohenson Nursing School. Survivors include a daughter, Olivia T. Minor; a grandchild; and two great-grandchildren. A wake will be held today at 8 p.m. at Second Zion Baptist Church No.2, 3333 Third St. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Dismissal will be Saturday at noon at the church. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Gertrude Geddes Willis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Zachary Bennett Sr., a truck driver for the Orleans Parish school system, died Tuesday of a stroke at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. He was 51. Mr. Bennett was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He attended Joseph S. Clark High School. He was a member of Little Zion Baptist Church. Survivors include four sons, Zachary Jr. and Brett Bennett Sr., and Brian and Noel Jackson; six daughters, Zacharecia Bennett, Darinika Grant, Gwyn Meredith Simmons, and Rosland, Tranial and Peachenella Cheatham,; three brothers, Alcide and Isiah Bennett and Warren Joseph; three sisters, Jennifer Bennett Percy, Ada Bennett and Lydia Jackson; and 10 grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Charbonnet-Labat Funeral Home, 1615 St. Philip St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Restlawn Park.

Joshua "Caleb" Berry Jr., a detailer for B-Sharp Auto Detail, died Tuesday of cardiac arrest at St. Claude Medical Center. He was 44. Mr. Berry was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include a daughter, Joshuaneka Monique Berry; his mother, Cleona Berry; three brothers, Charles Lowe and Otis and Marvin Berry; and two sisters, Glenda Jackson and Hellois Green. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home, 3933 Washington Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park.

Alexander Brown Sr., a retired contractor, died March 26 of undetermined causes at his home. He was 88. Mr. Brown was born in Taft and lived in New Orleans for many years. Survivors include three sons, Robert and Alexander Brown Jr. and Alvin Bell; four daughters, Barbara Bryan, Carolyn Brown, Leola Grimes and Stephanie Bell; a brother, James Brown; and 16 grandchildren. Services were private. Dennis Mortuary handled arrangements.

Doris Chaney, a retired seamstress, died March 19 at Touro Infirmary. She was 75. Mrs. Chaney was born in Winnsboro and lived in New Orleans. Survivors include a son, Bill Tolliver; an adopted daughter, Cheryl Ann Carter; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Tharp-Sontheimer-Laudumiey Funeral Home, 5001 Chef Menteur Highway. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Sally Ann Metzler Comeaux, a retired salesclerk, died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. She was 71. Ms. Comeaux was born in New Orleans and lived in Madisonville. Survivors include a son, Robert John Comeaux; three daughters, Jeanne Marie St. Clair, Mary Ann Hatter and Lisa Rose Comeaux; a brother, Paul Metzler; a sister, Jeanette Boehm; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A memorial Mass will be said Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 444 Metairie Road, Metairie. Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Marie Emery Dixon, a homemaker, died Saturday of a cerebral hemorrhage at Charity Hospital. She was 63. Mrs. Dixon was born in Vidalia and lived in New Orleans for the past 38 years. She was a member of Mount Hermon Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, David Dixon Sr.; three sons, Cedrick Dwayne, Daniel Chad and Gregory Lee Dixon; three daughters, Corliss Marie, Cynthia Francine and Adeline Harriet Dixon; two brothers, Aristead Emery Jr. of Dallas and Willie Emery Sr. of Vidalia; a sister, Helen Emery Felton; and six grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Mount Hermon Baptist Church, 2153 N. Broad St. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Dorothy Lawless Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Feltus Jr., a forklift operator, died Sunday of cancer at Lakeland Medical Center. He was 62. Mr. Feltus was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. He worked for P.A. Menard Inc. for 25 years. Survivors include three sisters, Gwendolyn F. Royal, Doris F. Wilbon and Willie Mae F. Perro. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Church of God in Christ United, 2453 Josephine St. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Professional Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Herbert Fobb, an auto mechanic, died Sunday at Charity Hospital of injuries suffered when a car he was working on at his home fell on him. He was 58. Mr. Fobb was born in Reserve and lived in New Orleans for the past 22 years. Survivors include two sons, Reginald Fobb and Herbert Carter; a daughter, Jeennette Cook; two brothers, Earl and Eric Fobb; a sister, Ruby Mae Keller; and six grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Reserve. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery in Reserve. Robottom Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Hilda Marian Franklin Hall Garrett, a retired homemaker, died Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Giraud Lutheran Towers. She was 92. Mrs. Garrett was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She attended Straight Business College. She was a former self-employed seamstress, a volunteer reading teacher and an exercise instructor at Reality House and the Uptown Shepherd Center. She was a member of the Louisiana League of Good Government and the Women's Auxiliary of the National Association of Postal and Federal Employees. Survivors include her husband, Cleveland A. Garrett; a son, Robert D. Hall Jr. of Klamath Falls, Ore.; two daughters, Aloha H. Wilson of Kaiserslautern, Germany, and Marian H. Barard; a brother, Carl M. Franklin; a sister, Mary F. Gordon; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Central Congregational United Church of Christ, 2401 Bienville Ave. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery No.3. Calvin J. Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Neva Guidry Henry, a homemaker, died Wednesday at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was 84. Mrs. Henry was born in Belle Rose and lived in Ponchatoula. Survivors include a son, Elie Henry Jr.; four daughters, Velfan Monestere of Hammond, Neva Lesaicherre of Marrero, Karen Henry of Lacombe and Kay Gibbs; a brother, Enos Guidry of Marrero; 23 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home in Ponchatoula. Visitation will be today from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park in Gretna.

Alfonsia L. Hollins Sr., a construction worker, died Tuesday of heart failure at NorthShore Regional Medical Center in Slidell. He was 62. Mr. Hollins was born in Yazoo City, Miss., and lived in Kenner for 30 years and in Bush for the past eight years. Survivors include his wife, Geneva J. Hollins; his mother, Florence Hollins Brown of Jackson, Miss.; six brothers, Percy Lee Hollins Jr. of Norco, James Lee Blount of Kenner, and George Lee Hollins, Ben Blount, and Lendell and R.B. Brown, all of Jackson; and three sisters, Emma Lee Narcise of LaPlace and Bernice Scott and Minnie Lee Green, both of Jackson. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Philip Baptist Church, 1305 Magnolia St., New Orleans. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Majestic Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn Taylor Jones, a retired self-employed seamstress, died Tuesday at M. McGregor Jones Health Center. She was 86. Ms. Jones was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. She was a member of Greater Rose Hill Baptist Church and its Deaconess Board and Senior Mission, the Louisiana Freedman Association and the Ninth Ward Prayer Band. There are no immediate survivors. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Greater Rose Hill Baptist Church, 4520 Willow St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Mausoleum. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Marcel Lavigne, a motel operator, died Tuesday at East Jefferson General Hospital. He was 83. Mr. Lavigne was born in Home Place and lived in Metairie for the past 55 years. He graduated from Warren Easton High School and Isaac Delgado Central Trades School. He was the proprietor of the Travelodge Airport in Kenner, the Scottish Inn in Lafayette, and the Travel Inn and Bridge Court in Metairie. He was a former maintenance engineer for Louisiana Power & Light Co. He was a member and former treasurer of the Jefferson Parish Hotel-Motel Association and a former clarinetist and saxophonist for the New Orleans Public Service Band. Survivors include his wife, Yvonne Briant Lavigne; four sons, Gary M., Kenneth J., Donald E. and Joseph M. Lavigne Jr.; three daughters, Carolyn Lavigne Broussard, Barbara Lavigne Hicks and Angele M. Lavigne; two sisters, Audrey L. Schneider and Peggy Lavigne Faucheux; 18 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Metairie Cemetery.

Edna Mae Marshall, a domestic worker, died Monday of heart failure at Charity Hospital. She was 54. Ms. Marshall was born in Carville and lived in New Orleans for the past 47 years. She was a member of New Tree of Life Baptist Church and its Deaconess Board and Willing Workers and president of its Mission Department. Survivors include her companion, Randolph Galloway; two sons, Tyrone and Jerome Marshall; three daughters, Deborah M. Charles, Brenda M. Jackson and Michelle Marshall; and nine grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at New Tree of Life Baptist Church, 3140 Erato St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Theresa "Ressie" Martin, a retired dietary assistant at Charity Hospital, died Saturday at her home. She was 75. Ms. Martin was born in Morgan City and lived in New Orleans for the past 70 years. She worked at Charity for 22 years. She was a parishioner of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Survivors include three sons, Oscar, Gary and Edward "Tom" Martin; three daughters, Linda M. Merritt, Beverly Lopez and Deborah Martin; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Boissiere-Labat Family Funeral Services, 1703 N. Claiborne Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in St. Louis Cemetery No.1.

Bertha Lee Manning Montgomery, a homemaker, died Saturday at her home. She was 77. Mrs. Montgomery was a lifelong resident of Jayess, Miss. Survivors include her husband, William Montgomery; two sons, Willie Preston and Hardy Montgomery Sr., both of New Orleans; 11 daughters, Annie Ratcliff, Betty Galloway, Carrie Washington, Gaile Riley and Earnie Moffett, all of New Orleans, Edna Merritt and Maude Montgomery of East St. Louis, Ill., Lurnell Pittman of Tylertown, Miss., Debra Polk and Tracie Montgomery of Roswell, Ga., and Ethel Williams; a sister, Emily Maude Terrell of Birmingham, Ala.; 22 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A wake will be held today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mars Hill Church of God in Christ, 2011 Brent Road, Summit, Miss. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. A funeral will be held Saturday at noon at the church. Visitation Saturday will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in West Holy Hill Church of God in Christ Cemetery in Jayess. Smith Funeral Home in Columbia, Miss., is in charge of arrangements.

Jimmie Lee Moore, a retired barber for Clearview Barber Shop, died March 26 of cancer at his home. He was 74. Mr. Moore was born in Newton, Miss., and had lived in New Orleans for the past 40 years. He attended Grambling State College and Katie's Barber School. He was a former employee of Pinkerton Security Services. He was a member of Greater Tulane Baptist Church and its choir. Survivors include five sons, Jimmy, Aaron, Jeffery, Riley and Baron Moore; two daughters, Barbara M. Williams and Shirley M. Moore; two brothers, Cotee Moore of Nashville, Tenn., and Jesse Lee Moore of Gulfport, Miss.; five sisters, Nannie Ruth Wheaton of Jackson, Miss., Irene Moore Smith of Flint, Mich., and Mamie Bender, LeMaude Johnson and Classie Tate of Chicago; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Greater Tulane Baptist Church, 214 N. Johnson St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. McMahon-Coburn-Briede Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Geraldine Dubuclate "Jabba" Owens, a homemaker, died March 26 of complications from diabetes at Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital. She was 71. Mrs. Owens was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Survivors include four sons, Tyrone, Gregory, Donald and Ray Owens Sr.; and two daughters, Brenda O. Andrews of Des Moines, Iowa, and Tracy Williams. A wake and funeral will be held today at 8 p.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 2200 Dumaine St. Dismissal will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1814 Shrewsbury Road, Metairie. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. D.W. Rhodes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Samuel Richardson, a retired barber and cosmetologist, died March 26 at his home. He was 87. Mr. Richardson was born in Natchez, Miss., and lived in Kenner. He was a former sergeant in the Army. He was a member of Second Nazareth Baptist Church and its Senior Choir and the Masonic Kings Gospel Singers. Survivors include his wife, Edna P. Richardson. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Second Nazareth Baptist Church, 2818 Second St. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Love and Charity Cemetery in Kenner. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Devin Robinson, a student at Perrault Kiddy Kollege, died Monday of cardiopulmonary arrest at St. Charles Parish Hospital in Luling. He was 4 and was a resident of New Orleans. Survivors include his father, Pernell "Bobie" Robinson; his mother, Stephanie Clark-Robinson; two stepbrothers, Timona and Pernell Nash; a stepsister, Dasha Nash; and his grandparents, Gertrude P. and Gregory "Bo" Clark, Mary Lee Young and Leroy Robinson. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Petty AME Zion Church, 2800 Milan St. Visitation will begin at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery. Gaskin-Tilly Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

A'ja J'nae Saul died Tuesday of heart failure at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. She was 2 months old and lived in LaPlace. Survivors include her father, Marcus Saul; her mother, Natashia Williams; a brother, Aaron Saul; and her grandparents, Eva and Clarence Smith and Earlie Saul. A funeral will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Church of God in Christ in LaPlace. Burial will be in Montz Memorial Cemetery. Robottom Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Marguerite "Sweetie" Jackson Shelby, a homemaker, died Monday of undetermined causes at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. She was 65. Ms. Shelby was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a former cannery worker for Baumer Foods. She was a member of Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, where she was superintendent of the Sunday school, the church secretary and clerk, and a member of the choir, Deaconess Board, Usher Board, Pastor's Support Club and Mission Board. She was a member of UpBeat Citizens and coordinated a distribution site for Second Harvesters Food Bank through White Ram Outreach Ministries. She was a member of the advisory board of Music Industry Network Developers. Survivors include two sons, Billy W. Jr. and Randy Shelby Sr.; three daughters, Glenda S. Perkins, Renee S. Lagarde and Wendell S. White; a brother, James Jackson Jr. of Los Angeles; a sister, Alice Robertson; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A funeral will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, 8817 Hickory St. Visitation will begin Saturday at 8 a.m. Burial will be in Carrollton Cemetery. Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Amal Khalil Touna, a homemaker, died Wednesday of kidney failure at West Jefferson Medical Center. She was 56. Mrs. Touna was born in Egypt and lived in New Orleans for the past 30 years. She was a former computer specialist for Beacon Supply Co. She was a member of St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church. Survivors include her husband, Lewis Touna; two sons, Medhat and Michael Touna; a brother, Samib Khalil Michael of Cairo, Egypt; and a grandchild. A funeral will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. Visitation will be today from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. Burial will be in Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum.

Nelda Jean Vinet, a homemaker, died Tuesday of heart failure at her home. She was 46. Mrs. Vinet was born in Biloxi, Miss., and lived in Slidell ?

for the past 34 years. Survivors include her husband, John Vinet; a son, Christopher John Vinet; a daughter, Angel Foster Worsham of Biloxi; her father, Vadas Eugene Head of Ocean Springs, Miss.; her stepfather, Jack Redden; her stepmother, Thelma Longfox Head of Oilmont, Mont.; two brothers, Jason Hale Head of Havre, Mont., and Tyrone Eugene Head; a sister, Karla Walls of Oilmont; and two grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Honaker Funeral Home, 1751 Gause Blvd. West, Slidell. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Burial will be in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens in Chalmette.

Wayne Edward Walden, a former nursing assistant, died Wednesday of cancer at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. He was 50. Mr. Walden was born in Folsom and lived in Loranger for many years. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Williams Walden; a son, William Wayne Walden; a daughter, Geraldine W. Baltoff; a brother, Vaughn Walden; two sisters, Glinda Holcombe and Carol Leonard; and four grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Lee Valley Baptist Church in Loranger. Visitation will be today from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Vickers Northshore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Henry Washington, a retired barber, died Monday of cancer at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 88. Mr. Washington was born in Baton Rouge and lived in New Orleans for the past 52 years. He attended Isaac Delgado Central Trades School and was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of United Most Worshipful King George Grand Lodge No.1, AF&AM. Survivors include a son, Harold Washington; two daughters, Beatrice W. Rudison of Baton Rouge and Emeldia A. White; a brother, George Washington of Greensburg; two sisters, Isabel Porter of Natalbany and Alberta Burton of Baton Rouge; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Old Zion Baptist Church, 430 N. Johnson St. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. United Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Gertie Mae Billy Williams, a homemaker, died Monday of leukemia at her home. She was 68. Mrs. Williams was born in New Orleans and lived in Algiers. Survivors include three sons, Edwin, Lynwood and Darren Billy; four daughters, Dionne Wright, Lerette Ross, Tamaler Billy and Melissa Uduebor; a stepson, Alvin Williams; a stepdaughter, Stella Johnson; two brothers, Steven and Bertaine Mitchell; five sisters, Sylvia Ross and Betty, Victoria, Carlyn and Lillian Mitchell; 22 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Second Nazarene Baptist Church, 3062 Boyd St., Algiers. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Westlawn Memorial Park. Davis Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


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